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Free trial scams and how to avoid them

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Every day I login to check the comments on my site, and every day I see the same types of comments pouring in about how someone was duped into signing up for a free trial of some product. They thought they were getting a sample, when in reality they were being enrolled into what is otherwise known in the industry as an auto-rebill offer. What's even more amazing is how quickly products come and go, and how many guys actually fall for this deceptive scam. What you're about to read may shock you...and save you from making a costly mistake.

The Hook
The most common deceptive marketing practice I have noticed is the so called "miracle combo offer", which is intended to look like a legit Men's health article. Typically you'll come across one of these ads on a social media site like Facebook or Twitter, and the same eye-catching ad will be used to lure you in.

The ad will say things like "learn one easy trick taking the muscle world by storm", and "New Steroid alternative: Rare Plant Increases Muscle Growth 700%, Should it be banned?" It will have some ridiculous photo of what looks like a 12 year old kid all jacked up with his shirt off like the one you'll see in the photo on this page.

The Line
Intrigued by the ad, you decide to click through and you're taken to what appears to be a legit men’s health site. And I'm not talking about any old men's health site, I'm talking the actual Men's health site. It looks exactly like it, with them literally copying the cover of a men’s health magazine. The editor of this supposed article usually goes by the name Bryan Stevens, but sometimes he uses the alias Tyler Robbins.

So, the editor of this article goes on to say that he personally decided to "test out" this supplement stack for his own purposes, and the results were shocking. He chronicles his physical transformation week by week, and even provides photo "proof" of it.
They even show before and after photos of celebrities who apparently have also been using these supplements, celebrating their transformation.

These celebrity's include the likes of Ryan Reynolds, The Rock, and even Gerard Butler. It also shows other ripped, jacked guys who have also apparently used this stack to get insane gains in the gym as well. What's more, Bryan goes on to state that for a limited time only, these supplement companies are literally giving away free bottles of the stuff as a promotion. All you need to do is enter your credit card information and pay for the shipping and handling.....right.

The Sinker
What he doesn't explicitly tell you is that, if you don't cancel each product within 14 days you will be charged an exorbitant amount (usually around $89) for keeping it. "What's that, I thought it was free?” you say. That's right...the free samples are really free "trials", which means after a certain time period your credit card is charged the full amount of the bottle.

They put these terms and conditions in REALLY fine print on the order page, the type of fine print that 90% of guys simply don't take the time to read. What's even worse is that they enroll you into what's called an auto-fulfillment program, which continually sends you a new bottle every month and continues to charge your credit card! I've literally had guys tell me they've been charged upwards of $500 before they even noticed they were being billed.

Recommendation
If you come across an ad like this you should be EXTREMELY skeptical about the true nature of it. It does sound enticing, and they make a pretty convincing argument that these products really work. But the simple truth of the matter is this...they are simply out to make you part with your money, and your ego.

Put your trust in sources who are willing to review products for what they are, good or bad. And if it sounds too good to be true, it usually is. See SupplementCritique.com for more information.

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